Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Pirates Dodge Weather, Use Shell Workout To Finish Scrimmage Preparations
East Carolina Wraps Up First Week Of Spring Work
ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 21 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
East Carolina vs. South Carolina (9/8/12)
Projected to remain in role as ECU's top "boundary" end as a senior and is poised to take honors candidacy on the Conference USA level to new heights ... Continued development rate has been lauded by coaches, who feel his maturity, fundamental enhancement and work ethic in strength and conditioning program have earned reputation as one of the league's top defensive ends ... A 2013 Preseason All-Conference USA selection by Phil Steele's College Football Preview Magazine (third team) ... Unselfishly agreed to lose redshirt status late during his true freshman season and was pressed into action because of an epidemic of injuries along the line ... Was not credited with any statistics during the first spring scrimmage but registered a sack for a seven-yard loss in the second contest on April 13 ... Added another hit in the Purple-Gold Game a week later to close out the workout period ... Gains in strength development reached an impressive growth of 266 pounds over the past two years in three primary lifts - bench press (400/+75), back squat (605/+125) and power clean (352/+66) ... Owns a positional record with a 365-pound push jerk, a total that also currently ranks as the eighth-highest overall in program history ... Has also tacked on nearly two inches to his vertical jump (28")... In all, has added nearly 40 pounds to announced signing day weight of 255 (in 2010) ... Appeared in two post-season bowl games during a career that spans 30 games and 14 starts ... Has recorded multiple tackles in 19 of 30 contests.
2012: An All-Conference USA selection (honorable mention) for play during junior season ... Opened 12 of 13 contests - starting the last 11 at defensive end after a beginning the South Carolina game at nose tackle ... Booked 36 tackles (17 solo) with 4.5 TLFs (-9 yards) ... Against Appalachian State in the season opener, recorded three stops (two solo) and a TFL (-2 yards) in a reserve role ... Followed that with a trio of three-tackle outings at South Carolina, Southern Miss and North Carolina ... Recovered first career fumble in the third quarter vs. UTEP ... Also had TFLs against UCF (1.0/-1 yard), Memphis (0.5/-1) and UAB (2.0/-5) ... Matched career-high with six tackles during ECU's 41-7 victory over the Tigers ... Contributed a five-stop performance (UL-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl) and a pair of four-tackle efforts (UAB and Marshall) ... Recorded multiple stops in nine contests ... Thirty-five of 36 stops were on rushing plays ... A vital component of a defensive unit that held four opponents to less than 100 yards rushing (USM/91, UAB/82, UH/28, TUL/9) ... Named team's "Defensive Lineman-of-the-Year" during program's annual awards banquet.
2011: Played a full season following late activation as a true freshman and made career's initial starts, at Houston and UTEP ... Tallied 26 tackles (eight solo), including 1.5 hits for lost yardage and one sack (Tulane) ... Also credited with one quarterback hurry, at Houston ... Booked 23 of season's 26 stops on rushing plays ... Made 15 tackles (12 assists) during Conference USA games ... Tied for seventh on the squad with five solo hits in non-league action ... Slightly more productive in the second half of the year, collecting 15 stops during the final six games and 11 in the initial six ... In season finale at Marshall, recorded seventh game of the year with two or more tackles, stopping Travon Van and Tron Martinez following two-yard rushes in the opening half ... Registered both stops against Southern Miss on fourth-quarter runs ... Recorded a career-high six tackles versus Tulane, including first sack with a four-yard drop of Ryan Griffin in the opening quarter ... Tallied all six stops against the Green Wave in the first three frames ... At Navy, booked all three tackles on rushes during the last drive of the third quarter ... All three hits against the Midshipmen were solo, matching career high ... Made first start at Houston and recorded season's quarterback hurry, forcing a Case Keenum incompletion in the second quarter ... Lone stop versus UAB was first career tackle for a loss combining with Terry Williams to drop Pat Shed two yards behind the line of scrimmage in the third quarter ... Against Virginia Tech, recorded two of game's four hits on final two plays of the opening quarter.
2010: Played in five games after having redshirt removed prior to Navy game due to numerous injuries along the defensive line ... Served as a reserve defensive end and picked up 11 tackles with six solo hits ... Also recorded a quarterback hurry, in the fourth quarter against SMU, forcing a Kyle Padron incompletion ... Tied personal best with four tackles, three in the fourth quarter, at Rice ... Credited with season-high three solo hits against the Owls ... Made East Carolina debut against Navy, booking career-high four tackles, three assists.
High School: A four-year starter who was a three-time all-region selection ... Was credited with 90 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior ... Helped Marlboro County and head coach Dean Boyd to a 13-1 record, falling just one game short of reaching the state (AAA) title game ... Selected to play in the 2009 South Carolina North-South All-Star Game ... Named to the High School Sports Report AAA All-State Team in 2009 ... Rated by scout.com as the 34th-best prospect in South Carolina ... Made 112 tackles, 20 tackles for a lost yardage, 10 sacks and one interception during junior season, in which the Bulldogs fell in the state semifinals to Myrtle Beach in what many consider to be the best game in county history ... Reportedly owns a bench press of 400 pounds, a squat of more than 500 and a power-clean lift of 300 ... Finished second in the Armed Forces Classic (weight lifting event) in his age division ... Played for former Pirate receiver Mitchell Galloway, who is a volunteer assistant coach on the Marlboro staff.
Personal: Full name is Lee Morris Pegues ... Born July 13, 1991 at Cheraw, S.C. ... A family community services major whose work in the classroom earned inclusion on ECU's Honor Roll (3.0 grade point average or higher) for the 2011 fall semester ... Enjoys hunting and fishing during spare time.